RECAP: CROSSFIRE PREMIER U-18/19 AND COLORADO RAPIDS U-18/19 TIE 4-4 IN BARNBURNER FEATURE GAME

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2017) - The first day of action at the 2017 Boys' U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase came to a close as Colorado Rapids U-18/19 played Crossfire Premier U-18/19 to a thrilling 4-4 draw in a game that featured seven different goal scorers.

The goal fest got underway early as Crossfire landed the initial blow in the fourth minute. Following a corner kick, Ethan Bartlow fired an effort from outside the box that deflected before falling at the feet of Hal Uderitz, who took advantage of the open look to put the Seattle side ahead.

Colorado responded 20 minutes later when a restart at midfield found Enoch Mushalagalusa. He spun his marker at the top of the area, then picked out the run of Rafael Perez, who slotted past Evan Owens in the 24th minute.

The teams weren't level for long as Crossfire restored the lead three minutes later. Following a spell of possession, the team earned a long throw-in on the left which saw Charlie Ostrem target Uderitz, who flicked a header before Omar Gray volleyed home the go-ahead goal.

Gray would play a part in extending the lead to 3-1 just two minutes later. A wonderful piece of skill saw him glide past his marker down the right before lofting a pinpoint cross to James Burkholder, who nodded the ball past Rapids 'keeper Trever Mowry just before the half-hour mark.

The two-goal deficit didn't deter Colorado, as the Rapids came roaring back to erase the difference before halftime.

In the 41st minute, Matt Hundley's cross from the right found Carlos Vargas, who rose to nod an effort past Owens. Four minutes later, a long ball out of the midfield caught Owens in no man's land as Mushagalusa beat him to the ball before heading into the empty net to level things at 3-3.

The teams were quite even in the early going of the second half, but the Rapids completed an incredible comeback in the 67th minute when Hundley did the hard work, dancing past two defenders in the area to cross for Mushagalusa who tapped in his second of the game from close range.

Crossfire got back on the front foot, seeking their own equalizer and found it 11 minutes from full time. Christian Soto Rincon chased down a ball on the left and touched it to Alden Massey, who poked past two Rapids defenders to gain entry into the area and blasted a left-footed effort into the opposite corner to take things to 4-4 in the 79th minute, putting an exclamation point on a thrilling, yet deserved result.